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Interstellar Empire

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Interstellar Empire deals with a power play on a planet that was formerly part of the now-crumbling and decadent Empire. Three brothers struggle to regain the power usurped by a strange cult...
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 21st 1976 by DAW (first published September 1976)
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May 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: space-barbarians
The question I kept asking was whether the entire premise, the fallen interstellar empire and the leftover spaceships of a lost nonhuman civilization, was even necessary. Only "The Altar on Asconel" relied on it. "The Man From the Big Dark" paid lip service to the idea while remaining planetside for the entire thing, and the unfortunately-named "The Wanton of Argus" strained at its genre, wanting desperately to be sword-and-sorcery (probably to its benefit, if not for a flimsy and outré ending). ...more
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Mar 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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Nov 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three short novelas--- linked together by taking place in a common future instellar empire. A once-powerful human empire that survived off the use of spaceships from a long gone instellar race is in serious decline.

The stories are not particularly memorable, but could make for a pleasant read. In the first, and longest one, brothers join forces to retrieve their home planet from the clutches of mysteriously evil rulers. In the second, a space captain helps defend a planet from pillage and sackin
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
1979 Grade A-.
2015 Grade B+ (see below)

This is composed of three different stories related to the same basic universe and situation but not to each other. The universe is post collapse of a galactic empire with pirates and mutants on the outer rim, feudal planets a bit farther in, and the fragmented, nonfunctional, tattered remnants of the empire at the "core."

1)Alter On Asconel, 130 pages, grade A-. This is a "space opera" which travels to half a dozen planets and is quite a bit of fun. Very ea
Aug 19, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
oh, the joys of cheesy sci-fi from a simpler time. Brunner ought to be as well known as Aasimov, Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke -- he's just as important. This particular book is sort of silly and moralizing a la Heinlein, but Brunner's Stand on Zanzibar remains one of the most important works of fiction that no one knows about.
Shannon McDermott
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, quick-reviews
The author plays with some interesting ideas, but the unpleasantness of the stories - above all, of the characters - left a sour taste in my mouth. Too much cruelty, even from the supposed heroes; not recommended.
Erik Graff
Aug 29, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brunner fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
Definitely not my favorite John Brunner book, but then I don't usually like the sub-genre of science fiction that this book represents.
Jul 29, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rivalryjanuary
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2015
Pulpy SF, readable but eminently forgettable.
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John Brunner was born in Preston Crowmarsh, near Wallingford in Oxfordshire, and went to school at St Andrew's Prep School, Pangbourne, then to Cheltenham College. He wrote his first novel, Galactic Storm, at 17, and published it under the pen-name Gill Hunt, but he did not start writing full-time until 1958. He served as an officer in the Royal Air Force from 1953 to 1955, and married Marjorie Ro ...more
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